Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has admitted that he finds it amusing how supporters describe Harry Kane as ‘one of their own’ because it could have turned out very differently.
Sherwood is very familiar with Kane having coached the forward while he was developing in the Tottenham academy.
The now-23-year-old has become an integral part of the first team and is currently the club’s leading scorer with 26 goals in all competitions.
Regularly, Spurs fans show their love for Kane by singing, “He’s one of our own” – referring to his progression through the club’s youth ranks.
Sherwood, though, believes that Kane would not be such a fan favourite if he had not scored early when he began his senior career.
The ex-Spurs employee believes that the supporters would have called for Roberto Soldado had Kane not scored against Aston Villa in November 2014.
The forward came off the bench after the signal from manager Mauricio Pochettino and made an instant impact by finding the back of the net in a game which Soldado started.
While appearing on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, Sherwood said:
“I laugh now when I hear Tottenham fans say ‘he’s one of our own’. He wasn’t always one of their own because if [Soldado was] sitting on the bench, if Harry hadn’t scored after half an hour then they would be singing for Soldado to come on the pitch. But now he’s one of our own. Brilliant. Fantastic and he is one of their own.”
Soldado was eventually knocked down the pecking order as a result of Kane’s emergence and left White Hart Lane in 2015 to join Villarreal.